Newbie Here! Best Advice For A Woman Thinking Of Jumping In...

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Brandie, Speaking from experience, explore all the Trucking Truth info and links. Especially look at : "Links On Trucking Truth" I'm a elderly newbie, and much of what I have learned came from here. Some tough love, but nevertheless beneficial

And yes, you can get paid to train and pay your bills.

Brandie W.'s Comment
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Brandie, Speaking from experience, explore all the Trucking Truth info and links. Especially look at : "Links On Trucking Truth" I'm a elderly newbie, and much of what I have learned came from here. Some tough love, but nevertheless beneficial

And yes, you can get paid to train and pay your bills.

Oh I agree-- I've been lurking and reading for a couple weeks now. That's how I knew where to apply and which companies might work the best for my situation-- and its also how I knew that while they all have paid training, you don't get paid the first day you hit the ground, so I needed a GOOD idea of how long I'd be without a check (again-- I'm the main income for my household).

I'm leaning HEAVILY towards Prime.. just got done with the 21 page diary about it (thanks!!) and it looks like it might be a great fit overall.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Brandie, You're right, you don't get a check on your first day. The check comes a week or two later. Conventional wisdom tells us that we should have enough savings to last us at least 3 months without income. But that is not possible for most of us. There are ways companies help new students get through training and not starve to death. Ask your recruiter or Driver Services for info on available options. Also, it might help to take a night course on "Dumpster Diving".

Brandie W.'s Comment
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Yeah.. at one point in time, I had 6 months of expenses saved up... then my husband got sick and that all went to hell in a handbasket. Right now we're barely squeezing-- but if I throw in some extra gig app shifts-- I can pull it off in a couple months, I think.

From what I've seen here and what I'm finding between here and Youtube-- it seems that, at least with Prime, you're going to be without a check for 3-5 weeks depending on how long it takes you to pass your CDL. I can't find as much about my other options because they just aren't as big as Prime and not as talked about all over the place (Veriha-- one of my other top choices-- was what gave me the fear of going to training and then failing-- there's a diary here where that happened to someone).

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yeah.. at one point in time, I had 6 months of expenses saved up... then my husband got sick and that all went to hell in a handbasket. Right now we're barely squeezing-- but if I throw in some extra gig app shifts-- I can pull it off in a couple months, I think.

From what I've seen here and what I'm finding between here and Youtube-- it seems that, at least with Prime, you're going to be without a check for 3-5 weeks depending on how long it takes you to pass your CDL. I can't find as much about my other options because they just aren't as big as Prime and not as talked about all over the place (Veriha-- one of my other top choices-- was what gave me the fear of going to training and then failing-- there's a diary here where that happened to someone).

Brandie,

If that was Marc Lee's diary . . . PLEASE (and God love you if you read this, Marc) disregard. He'd succumbed to his 'own shortcomings/issues' with SNI and JBH (Schneider and J.B. Hunt, in layman's terms.)

Seriously . . . they gave him his 3rd chance. He had a 'falling out' with his FOURTH company ..... and is now back to handiman work et al. He's doing rather well for himself, we do in fact keep in text touch.

Hard reality was . . . he wanted it SO BAD (maybe too bad, if that's a thing?!?) ...but just wasn't cut out for trucking, in MANY MANY WAYS. (Marc... i'm sorry, but real!) Not everyone IS fit for this livelihood. His perseverance was OVER THE TOP . . . like a kid getting cut from his school's football team, and having to move to another locale, to try out again. He sure gets an A plus, there. He tried. FOUR times.

As I said, let's don't count him ... for now, k?

~ Anne ~

TL;DR >>> Marc Lee's diary doesn't count as the Veriha standard; he was struggling prior.

Wish you well !!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brandie W.'s Comment
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I wish there was more easily findable intel on Veriha as a whole. Its just not a popular enough company, it seems. The training diaries here have been the most helpful resources I've found thus far.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I wish there was more easily findable intel on Veriha as a whole. Its just not a popular enough company, it seems. The training diaries here have been the most helpful resources I've found thus far.

Understood.

The fact that they DID give him a chance, said a LOT, IMHO, though.

Have you looked at MAST trucking, here in Ohio? They're not 'huge' .. but they DO train, and I'm not at all 'sure' about pay through training. One more crayon in the box!

I'll think of more; but ... I wouldn't give up on Veriha ... either.

What about Wilson logistics? I know (or think I recall) that they as well, had a PAY to LEARN set up a while back. Thought to ponder & inquire about, too~

Best to ya, gal.

~ Anne ~

Brandie W.'s Comment
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The only Ohio based outfit I've put in with so far is Millis-- since they are literally right up the road for me. Haven't heard anything back from those guys though-- and from what I understand, their starting classes are fairly small so, I'm not surprised.

I'll check into MAST.. and Wilson is the other one on my short list of 3 right now... also not as easy to find intel on as Prime.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Call a Millis recruiter directly on the phone.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Brandie, Can I ask you your time line? When are you able to actually head out for training? Also if its months out are you calling companies now or waiting till you can walk out the door?

Call a Millis recruiter directly on the phone.

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